THE occupants of a car whose driver failed to heed the warning signs at a North Norfolk Railway level crossing escaped unhurt after it collided with a steam locomotive and was wrecked.
At around 11.20am on Saturday, November 17, GER Y14 0-6-0 No. 564 collided with the Mercedes A-Class on Sweetbriar Lane AOCL (Automatic Open Crossing Locally monitored) level crossing.
The locomotive was working tender first to Sheringham to work a private charter dining train at lunchtime and was travelling at less than the permitted line speed of 10mph that applies over the crossing.
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It was being brought to a stop at a signal just beyond for permission to enter an occupied platform, and indications were that the engine was travelling at between 6–8 mph at the time.
The car had turned off the main A149 and was entering Sheringham Golf Club. The road leads only to the club premises.
Neither the car driver, who eyewitnesses said was a young man, nor the three footplate crew were injured, and damage was caused to the Y14.
The sole infrastructure damage amounted to two displaced arris rails from the cattle guards on the crossing.
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